Tarrant's twin-brother Deeta is competing in a gladiatorial ceremony, where combatants fight each other to the death in a duel (Interplanetary feuds are settled into combat). When Deeta is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (creator)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen / Orac (voice)
Paul Mark Elliott ...
Vinni (as Mark Elliott)
Stewart Bevan ...
Max
David Sibley ...
Commentator
Kathy Iddon ...
Karla (as Katherine Iddon)
Edit

Storyline

Tarrant's twin-brother Deeta is competing in a gladiatorial ceremony, where combatants fight each other to the death in a duel (Interplanetary feuds are settled into combat). When Deeta is killed by the android Vinni. Tarrant decides to take on Vinni himself, only to learn Serverlan is acting as a judge and she is manipulating events to trigger off a real war. Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Release Date:

24 March 1980 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Chris Boucher named this as his favourite episode due to the western influences. See more »

Quotes

Viscast Director: Listen: *Our Heroes* should arrive in about thirty minutes; you want to wander down and place the remotes for me?
Commentator: [amusedly mimicking the director's sarcastic tone] "Our Heroes"? I suppose you'd change places with them, would you? Step through one of those doors without any idea of what's in there, without even knowing whether your opponent's been let in first and is all set up and waiting; you'd fancy that would you?
Viscast Director: Not a lot, but then I'm not a professional killer.
Commentator: [snidely] That's not what ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tarrant To Enterprise . Beam Me Up Avon
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Two rival powers The United Planets Of Teal and The United Vandor Confederacy Of Planets have abolished war and settle their disputes by choosing two warrior champions who fight to the death . The crew of The Liberator spectate at the most recent contest to find that the Teal champion is Tarrant's brother Deeta

It's difficult to defend the show about being Britain's unoriginal answer to STAR TREK when along comes an episode that conjures up a half remembered memories of a couple of other STAR TREK stories that had a very similar premise . That said from a pedantic and moral point of view it's not plagiarism and writer Chris Boucher does include a post modernist let's wink at the audience with " Space the final frontier as it was once known " and let's not forget BLAKES 7 brings its own presence to the telefantasy genre and has done nothing to be ashamed of

The episode is once again character-centric and this time it's Tarrant who gets his star moment . Steven Pacey is held in low regard amongst fans but to be fair to the actor his character was written for someone much older . On top of that he's often written as either a surrogate Blake or a surrogate Avon depending on plot mechanics from different writers and he does give a moving performance as he watches his brother die . He's maybe not so successful as Deeta since you realise it's Pacey wearing a wig and one wonders why the production just didn't cast another actor


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?